For visitors in the North East of Scotland, travelling to Aberdeen allows them to access the vibrant arts and entertainment sector offered by the city. As Scotland’s third city, and one of the locations to continue to thrive through difficult economic times, it has an array of music venues, theatre spots, museums, galleries and more. As such visitors can be certain of finding high quality entertainment, whether it is through theatre at historical venues like His Majesty’s Theatre, through music events at locations like Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre or other places of interest such as the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, filling visitors in on the fascinating history that Aberdeen has with the North Sea.
His Majesty’s Theatre is a large venue that was refurbished within the last decade and welcomes an array of visitors to stand-out productions. It is also a historical venue, having opened over a hundred years ago and was designed by the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, responsible for a range of beloved buildings around the UK. The famous architect, in addition to providing venues north of the border, designed many well known buildings in the London theatre scene, such as the London Palladium and the Victoria Palace Theatre. As a result he is one of many architects, alongside Bertie Crewe and W G R Sprague, who had a hand in shaping the world-famous London West End.
But live entertainment is not just restricted to the theatre and if you head to Aberdeen there is also plenty of live music to see. After all, the city regularly welcomes an array of well known acts to the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) when they embark on a UK tour, meaning that audiences in Aberdeen have witnessed everyone from the Foo Fighters, Status Quo and Biffy Clyro to Neil Young, Oasis and The Stereophonics, among others. There have also been comedians, such as Bill Bailey, that have performed on its stage as well. As a result thousands of people have passed through the doors of the AECC and this is likely to continue well into the future, with an array of acts continuing to arrive on its stage.
Then there are the galleries and museums, of which there are plenty. One of the main museums in Aberdeen, for example, is called the Marischal Museum, which dates back to 1786 and houses an array of culturally and historically significant items. Alongside it is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which is a vital stop for those wishing to delve into the city’s maritime heritage. After all, the city sits right on the coast by the North Sea, from which oil reserves can be found, and this has allowed the town to flourish even during economically turbulent times.
So visit Aberdeen to get a taste of the North East of Scotland, where you can witness theatre inside His Majesty’s Theatre and feel as though you are in London’s prestigious West End, witness some of the world’s best known music and comedy acts, or take in an array of interests artefacts inside one of its many museums.